Hello readers! I am a bit late with this post because we were traveling for our 50th anniversary. It was a wonderful milestone we planned nearly a decade ago when doctors pretty much patted me on the head and said, “Sorry about your luck” as they diagnosed a large cancer in my pancreas and surrounding areas. They were wrong about “luck”. God was right about our “wonderfully created bodies”.
When we returned home, I was wading through the accumulated mail and saw the front page of the August 24 issue of Barron’s Magazine/Newspaper with colorful depiction of “cancer cells” and the headline “CANCER: THE NEW CURE”. Barron’s is a financial investment publication , of course, so it covers all the stocks of the pharmaceutical industry within its broader scope.
I knew what perspective to expect in this article, but I continued and read the sub-headline, “By tapping the body’s immune system, drugmakers are making big gains in the war on cancer. Winners in this potential $30 Billion market could be . (several large pharmaceutical companies were named). . .”. The mention of the body’s immune system tweaked my “irony antennae” compelling me to check out the claims and focus in the article. The article said, “While creating a huge market for drug makers, immune-oncology’s success (the ‘new drugs that tapped the immune system’) could also add $30 billion to our nation’s medical bills . . .” Higher health care premiums anyone? Higher taxes anyone?
Why would I think it ironic for an article about oncological pharmaceuticals to mention “tapping the body’s immune
system”? First, this concept is a 180 degree turn from all the oncological drug development that blatantly destroyed “the body’s immune system” which, of course, is the innate cancer fighting system in our “wonderfully created bodies”.
In researching to overcome cancer’s attack on my own body and, later, in preparing to write my book, Slam the Door on Cancer and Lock it out of Your Life, I literally consulted hundreds of resources–books, studies, articles, etc. I was searching for a consensus in ways I could activate the built in anti-cancer (indeed anti-disease) mechanisms in my body. Allopathic medicine, I knew, had nothing to offer me other than an excruciating end of life experience. Pancreatic tumors have well known negative prognoses.
I also knew that my physician husband, because of his orthodox medical training, would have difficulty supporting any “alternative treatment” choice. Even after my scans reported “no evidence of recurrent or residual disease” he struggled with my nutritional and spiritual pursuits–but not for long because it’s a lot more pleasant living with someone who becomes healthier (and more joyful) daily. My healing became contagious and my husband soon participated fully in my anti-cancer lifestyle. How did it happen? Are you ready? I tapped my body’s immune system. Fortunately, however, I did not need pharmaceuticals like the “immune-oncology contrivances” described in the Barron’s article I mentioned above.
By the way, the article works through “drug trial” and “clinical studies” lingo and most readers would probably think, “Wow, finally some progress in the (tired and well hyped) “war on cancer” ignoring the truth that very little life changing progress has been made in this “war” over the many decades it’s been “waged” although “statistics” have become evermore craftily maneuvered. Most people are not aware that the term, “cure”, is hardly the goal, but “5 years of survival” is the standard for success–regardless of quality of life in that interim. I’ve never understood “remission” as a health goal nor have I found others who can explain it plausibly–including doctors. I was careful to avoid the word as I pursued restoration of health.
Nevertheless, this article flows along on a plane of standard drug development jargon from a profit making perspective. Profit, in itself, is not a dirty word; however, greed is just that even if it can be draped in pretty words like “exciting times in the history of oncology”. Who could argue against such a statement published in an investment publication with projected costs per patient of $100,00 to $150,000 per year. With these “trials” and “studies” designed and paid for by the pharmaceutical companies who are producing the drugs and with the competition between behemoth drug companies generally hyped as participating in an exciting “Race for a Cure”, folks diagnosed with all “types of cancer” can find their way into the profit ballooning giddiness at least for a while.
As I read the article, I gasped at the statement, “Doctors have long suspected that our immune system had a role in controlling cancer.” The article implies this has been known 100 years het my research gives it much longer recognition than that. This statement led me to the truths and facts I’d learned that took me from the low point of doctors scurrying to get me discharged from the hospital to be home for what the seemed to fear was “my last Christmas” to the high point of spending my 50th anniversary wading pristine creeks high in the Great Smokey Mountains. I had “immuno-oncological” help but it wasn’t of the $100,000/year variety. It was of the God-made variety which, of course, perfectly matches the needs of our God-made bodies and souls. Why do I mention souls? Because, even though standard western medicine largely ignores it, we have absolute biochemical and Biblical proof that the body and soul cannot be separated, period. I discuss this point further in “Obtain Your Healing and Keep It” offered as a free download on this blog.
What did I do? I changed my life–eating, drinking, sleeping, working, praying, meditating on God’s Word, FORGIVING, etc. I got rid of the “make you sick stuff” like bitterness, anger, etc. which stopped the chronic and continual churning of “emergency response chemicals” through my body. I quit taking in toxins like sugar, MSG and other excitotoxins, fluoride, etc. I made darn sure I only put clean pure God made food and water in my body. All this is discussed in my book and other blog posts. Basically, I freed my immune mechanisms to do what they were designed to do and keeping cancer at bay is an important part of that.
In the Barron’s article, there is an interesting graphic of the “Multiple targets in immune-oncology”. It has 7 “segments” in a sequential cycle with drug company names listed under each one I suppose indicating their “I-O territory”. There are 3 segments mentioning the T-cells of the immune system which quickly got my attention. Yes, T-cells are great wonderfully created anti-cancer immune system “workers”. Interestingly, I found Beta 1c3 Glucan years ago which has a plethora of research on its function (Dr. Vaclav Vetvicka, Ph.D (U of Louisville) has a book, Beta Glucan: Nature’s Secret, quite informative on this fungal derivative). Transfer Point Beta Glucan has been boosting my T-cell function quite satisfactorily all this time. I have no business link with this manufacturer and I’ve learned recently that NSC BetaGlucan is also good.
In Slam the Door on Cancer, I share other specific foods (including spices like curcumin from turmeric), green tea, fresh, frozen or extracted organic berries, organic vegetable juicing, essential fatty acids (in a balance of omega 6 and omega 3), certain herbs and food based minerals) all of which have specific immune system boosting mechanisms including stimulation of apoptosis (suicide of rogue cells) and preventing angiogenesis (blood vessel growth to tumors). Hippocrates did say, “Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food.” The body is complex and so is good clean food–they harmonize perfectly.
I am not of the cure for cancer mentality whether allopathic or alternative–there are no “silver bullets” and certainly our bodies have absolutely efficient innate means for humming along at the peak of health IF AND ONLY IF we avoid poisoning them (including toxic words and thoughts) and IF AND ONLY IF we provide them the essential materials to constantly build brand new healthy cells as we constantly replace “spent” ones. Because I didn’t jump into a “cure strategy”, I found that moving into good nutrition and an “anti-cancer lifestyle” physically, mentally, and spiritually caused my body to detox naturally. It WILL heal if we don’t bully it with drugs and “cure strategies”. Supplements can be drugs too if they are man-made.
Cancer is not a pandemic because we are all “sitting ducks” and a growing percentage of us are gunned down as the “cancer nazis” fly over. It’s not even really a disease. It is the body screaming, “stop killing me by undermining your own immune system”. Why does it occur in a particular place? Well, what’s your poison of choice? Where will your toxin-loaded wheelbarrow tip over on its way to an over worked excretory mechanism in your body? Cancer is a symptom of extreme ill health of the body/soul. It is not a shortage of a man-made chemical in our bodies.
Do you have to wait for Big Pharma to ride in on a white horse? It’s not been my personal experience. You can go to the God Made source while the drug developers try to make man-made versions they can patent. For example, curcumin in the ancient spice turmeric was shown to have a “staggering effect on killing cancer cells” in several well known medical institution laboratories. How did the “cancer industry” react? Apparently there has been a scurrying around to develop a synthetic version of turmeric because ancient spices can’t be patented. Check it out in the former pharmaceutical chemist Shane Ellison’s book, Over the Counter Natural Cures.
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